2019 Balanced You Worksite Fund recipients

The Balanced You Worksite Fund is a competitive grant process brought to you by the Balanced You team, located in King County’s Department of Human Resources. The Worksite Fund is another way King County is Investing in YOU to build a culture that supports the health, well-being, and safety of all employees.

This year marked the Worksite Fund’s second year. We received over 150 applications totaling almost $580,000 in requests. That’s an over 50% increase in applications and an 81% increase in funds requested compared to 2018!

In 2019, we are investing just over $100,000 in 43 projects reaching worksites throughout the County. In addition to awarding applications with Worksite Fund dollars, Balanced You partnered with your leadership to identify additional funding to help bring your projects to life.

It was exciting to see so many great applications! Applications were reviewed and recommended for funding by a team of 23 employees, including employees from the Office of Labor Relations; Department of Human Resources; Office of Equity & Social Justice; Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Operations; Performance, Strategy, and Budget; Public Health; Office of Assessments; Metro Transit; Facilities Management Division; and Risk Management.

Common types of projects funded included:

    • Kitchen upgrades, supplies, appliances
    • Training (nutrition, yoga, mental health)
    • Team building and recreation activities
    • Physical activity equipment and supplies
    • Creation of wellness spaces
    • Implementation of water bottle filling stations

See the list below to learn more about the 2019 Balanced You Worksite Fund recipients.

We intend to offer the Worksite Fund opportunity again in early 2020. Eligible projects that did not receive funding in this round are welcome to reapply. While the Worksite Fund opportunity is now closed for 2019, Balanced You supports employees in many ways throughout the year.  Contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov to learn more.

                                   2019 Balanced You Worksite Fund Recipients
         Agency      Project Name   Project Summary        Geography
Black and African Employee Group

 

 

Agape Fit Queens and Kings

 

Culturally-competent physical, financial, and mental health series. MultIple

 

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention

 

KC DAJD-CCD To Health and Beyond

 

Pedometers and fitness competitions. Downtown
Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention

 

Prevent Defensive Tactics Training Injury with Joint Stabilization Classes

 

A train-the-trainer program to prevent soft tissue injuries. Multiple

 

Department of Assessments Exploring Wellness Opportunities in the Work Environment Under-desk ellipticals. Downtown
Department of Assessments Exercise for Health Non-gym exercise equipment and ping-pong table. South
Department of Elections A team that moves together, improves together Yoga classes and ping pong table. Downtown
Department of Executive Services

 

Fight Fast Food for Facilities

 

Breakroom updates including cooking equipment, plates, etc. Multiple
Department of Executive Services

 

FMD Bike Downtown Project Initiative

 

Bike share for FMD staff. Downtown
Department of Executive Services

 

Sharing Culture through Cooking Demonstrations, Recipes, and Stories

 

Healthy cooking demonstrations that celebrate staff’s cultures and traditions. Downtown
Department of Human Resources

 

Building Bridges and Healing Community

 

Training for DHR staff to use art and story-telling to address inequity. Multiple
Department of Human Resources

 

Career and Culture Division, Thriving Culture

 

Retreat to define team culture, reduce stress, and improve work/life balance.

 

Downtown
Department of Local Services

 

Permitting Wellness Retreat

 

Retreat with training on how to move more at work and relieve stress.

 

North
Department of Local Services

 

Roads Lounge

 

Wellness room to encourage relaxation and social connection.

 

South
Department of Natural Resources and Parks

 

Learning Self-Defense Together!

 

Self-defense class that includes some physical activity and at-home empowerment homework.

 

East

 

Department of Natural Resources and Parks

 

Host Peacemaking Circle Introductory Training Workshop

 

Peacemaking Circle training as a strategy for resolving workplace conflict. Downtown
Department of Public Defense

 

Reducing Stress at Public Defense

 

Onsite yoga classes, onsite mindfulness training, and meditation and mindfulness CDs.

 

Downtown
Department of Public Health

 

Let’s Move Eastgate

 

Small exercise equipment and room divider. East
Department of Public Health

 

Bringing the Outside In

 

Lights and plants to improve environment.

 

Downtown
Department of Public Health

 

Building Connections and Welcoming Spaces

 

Unnatural Causes DVD, projector, television, and seats. South
Department of Public Health

 

Office Environment Improvement Project

 

Air purifier and plants to improve air quality and environment in shared office space. Downtown
Department of Public Health

 

Bupe Pathways Reflective Supervision

 

Facilitated retreat and training to improve mental health and reduce secondary trauma. Downtown
King County District Court Auburn Courthouse Mental Recharge / Serenity Room Create a new relaxation / quiet room, including massage chair. South
King County District Court Bringing Visual and Physical Tranquility to Call Center Artwork, mural, standing mats, light therapy lamps, and water bottle station to improve call center. West
King County District Court Iron Chef Clerk Challenge Iron chef challenge focused on healthy foods representative of employees’ cultures. West
King County District Court Wishing on a Star Under-desk ellipticals and mobility / strength kits. South
King County District Court KCDC Shoreline Water bottle service, stress balls, and standing / anti-fatigue mats. North
King County Information Technology

 

RYT 200 course

 

Yoga teacher training to continue providing free yoga classes to employees.

 

Downtown
King County Sheriff’s Office

 

Communications Center Wellness Room

 

Massage chair and zen garden to improve mental health.

 

South
King County Sheriff’s Office

 

First Responder Mental Health and Wellness conference

 

Conference to support mental health and reduce secondary trauma for first responders. Multiple
Legislative Branch Shared Hospital Grade Breast Pump for the Legislative Branch Breast pump that can be used by multiple users. Downtown
Metro

 

Hygiene Kits

 

Sanitizer, wipes, caution tape, gloves, and plastic bags for bus operators. Multiple
Metro Better You, Better Me Kitchen appliances update and nutrition workshop. Downtown
Metro

 

Ethiopian Transit Operators Social Advancement

 

Social connection event. Multiple
Metro

 

SB Operations-Pool Table

 

Pool table refurbishment. South
Metro Mobile Exercise Space Mobility and strength kits. Downtown
Metro

 

Field Office Restoration Project

 

Paint walls, fix cabinets and floor, and replace refrigerator.

 

Downtown
Metro

 

Bottled Water Filling Station

 

Water bottle filling station. East
Metro

 

Equity Training for New Job Opportunities

 

Ipads and other technology to provide trainings and help staff access county health information.

 

North
Metro

 

Quiet/Wellness Room Upgrade and Fridge

 

Refrigerator and chaise lounge to upgrade wellness room and kitchen.

 

Downtown
Metro

 

Ergonomic Training and Assessments

 

Ergonomic training and educational materials for bus operators and vehicle maintenance staff. Downtown
Metro

 

CIO Rejuve Room

 

Wellness room for staff. Downtown
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

 

Therapy Dog to Assist Secondary Trauma

 

Therapy dog to reduce secondary trauma for staff. Downtown
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

 

Relaxation/Lactation Room

 

Wellness and lactation room for staff. Downtown

 

 

 

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